Courses

Pre-Requisite: Completed Bachelor's Degree. This architectural fundamentals course is taught by the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design faculty; and is geared toward professionals and students interested in attending graduate architecture school. Through a series of virtual studio sessions and lectures, the course introduces students to a series of design approaches to conceptualize architectural investigations using the most current techniques, including in visualization. Students typically receive one-to-one technical instruction, such as on digital modeling, drawing representation, and rendering. The work will culminate in a virtual design exhibition with invited Pratt faculty and will be documented in an individually developed portfolio which prepares students to apply for graduate architecture school. Note: Completion of this course does not guarantee admission into Pratt's graduate architecture programs. For information on admission requirements, please visit the Graduate Departmental Requirements page.


July 5, 2022 to August 1, 2022, Online
Explore, research and develop bio-inspired design solutions, putting into practice biomimicry thinking, sustainable systems-based methods and designing for and with biomaterials.


July 11-21, 2022, Online
In challenging times, it is especially essential to tap into every good idea we have. Cultivating creative thinking can help an individual to grow as an artist and designer and innovate in every situation. Through case studies, class discussions, and individual coaching, learn how you can create design solutions for emerging needs from a crisis, using your preferred creative practice whether for fashion, interior, product, art, or photography. Explore how to elevate the role of communication through art and design.


August 15-25, 2022, Online
Learn to design and document an exhibition from concept to installation. Special focus is on creating interpretive environmental experiences that include storytelling, sustainability and environmental design. Complete and present an exhibition design proposal with models, photographs and drawings of original work toward a portfolio. This course can be taken individually or as one of two core required courses in the Exhibition Design certificate program, and is appropriate for artists, designers, visual merchandising designers, architects, and anyone interested in developing or enhancing their skillset in exhibition design - applicable to various scales and venues, including museums, art exhibitions, retail spaces, trade shows, kiosks, visitor centers, and showrooms.


August 1-25, 2022, Online
September 27, 2022 to December 15, 2022, Hybrid/ Brooklyn
Design your own piece of furniture, without leaving your home. The key premise is learning through making and testing. Working on models and prototypes, develop a sense of human scale and proportion. Explore a variety of techniques, gaining basic understanding of furniture construction and manufacturing. While developing individual projects, experience all stages of the design process, including research, ideation, development, testing, refinement, prototyping, documentation and presentation.


May 16-26, 2022
Learn how inclusive design, allied with equity and diversity, is an essential art and design approach for understanding our sense of place in the world and appreciating that of others, globally and locally. Inclusive Design integrates and activates our sense of community, which emerges through artistic communication as an obligation and a gift.


August 1-11, 2022
August 1-11, 2022, Online
Mindful entrepreneurship is a process of economic or social value creation which goes beyond the basic act of opening a business. You will develop a Business Model Canvas, Pecha kucha pitch, and financial plan for one of the following: solopreneur, non-profit or for-profit start up, or social-entrepreneurship corporations. Develop the mechanics of launching a business, including opportunity recognition, operations, customer validation, interviewing skills, financial tools, and forecast planning. Apply contemplative "whole-brain" approaches such as mind-mapping, visualization, meditation, and power questions to business development. Use Lean Launchpad methodology, resilience psychology, and intercultural communications to cultivate your iterative risk-taking skills and confidently pitch your business.


August 1-22, 2022, Online
Engage in fine arts painting as a vehicle for exploring light, color, image making, materials, and composition. Develop or sharpen your skills in color mixing, paint application, and various techniques in the context of figurative representation and abstraction. Study historical precedents and contemporary trends in painting today, through virtual excursions to online art collections. Through immersion practice, as well as group and individual critique, students will begin to develop or expand their own direction as painters. Students may enroll in one or both sessions 1A and 1B for this open-level intensive course.


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Learn to apply the design process to turn your next creative project into a unique and market-ready product idea. Exercises will include analyzing current products; brainstorming, identifying unmet needs in the market, articulating the product identity through branding, and sustainable materials research.


August 15-25, 2022, Higgins Hall North
August 15-25, 2022, Online
October 10, 2022 to December 12, 2022, Hybrid/ Brooklyn
October 10, 2022 to December 12, 2022
Learn to create your own 3D models in this hands-on course. Understand 3D space and viewport directions. Learn effective modeling techniques and strategies, multiple surface tools, drafting, rendering and 3D modeling while completing projects toward a portfolio. This course is applicable across all design industries and disciplines.


July 18-28, 2022, Engineering Building
July 18-28, 2022, Online
August 15-25, 2022, Engineering Building
August 15-25, 2022, Online
October 8, 2022 to December 10, 2022, Hybrid/ Brooklyn
October 12, 2022 to December 14, 2022, Hybrid/ Brooklyn
Learn to build virtual 3D models of parts and assemblies using Solidworks (parametric CAD software). Topics include: learning the interface, communicating design intent, building parts and assemblies using solid features, producing 2D drawings from Solidworks models, 2D and 3D sketch tools, associative relationships and parametric constraints, and basic rendering. No prior experience with Solidworks or other CAD modeling is required. Note: This course is part of the Furniture Design certificate program.


June 13-23, 2022, Online
Would you like to turn your creative inspirations into viable business ideas? Explore combining the creative/design thinking process with key phases of the entrepreneurial process-identification, development, launch, and scaling in this interactive workshop. Starting with a fun simulation, learn simple yet powerful innovation principles to take your ideas to the next viable level or to generate new, viable ideas. Working as a team, apply a time-tested step-by-step process to further guide and support your creative entrepreneurial journey. Walk away with an empowering, practical ideation tool set for innovation and effective entrepreneurship.


August 3-24, 2022, Online
Study the basic principles of sustainable design thinking, design vocabulary, and composition. This course is an introduction to sustainable design for learners with or without prior design experience.


August 31, 2022 to October 3, 2022
August 31, 2022 to October 3, 2022, Hybrid/ Brooklyn
Learn how organizations succeed by understanding the structure of branding and the strategic perspective that a visual identity has. Through a series of steps, designers utilize sketch and idea processes that nurture an inner coherence to visual marks. Hone your visual language skills that can be carried throughout an identity system, developing a unique look and feel for a mark that works across multiple platforms, including print collateral, websites, and broadcast media. Color, typeface and typography will be documented in a style guide that help make a brand shine above its competitors. Complete projects toward a professional portfolio.


July 5-28, 2022, Pratt Manhattan
July 5-28, 2022, Online
Learn to create and document a visual merchandising design project proposal from concept to completion with models and drawings of original work toward a portfolio. Special focus is on creating interpretive layouts for various fields, including art, furniture, beauty, fashion, jewelry, and food. Explore lighting design, materials, color and creative methods for providing engaging experiences. This course is appropriate for aspiring and experienced designers and anyone interested in developing or enhancing their skillset in visual merchandising design.


July 5-28, 2022, Online
The Architectural Mediums Primer is a two-week intensive studio workshop environment for incoming M. Arch, MS Arch, MS AUD and MLA students to prepare for future design studios at the GAUD. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is intended to facilitate a smooth transition for students of all levels and abilities. Throughout the two weeks, students will work through a series of exercises toward an architectural product. Taught by GAUD faculty, the course introduces computational and representational tools, as well as methods for outputting physical models, using fabrication techniques. This course is for enrolled first semester GAUD students who are strongly encouraged to take this course prior to commencing their Fall semester.


August 1-12, 2022, Higgins Hall North
August 1-12, 2022, Higgins Hall North
August 1-12, 2022, Higgins Hall North
August 1-12, 2022, Higgins Hall North
August 1-12, 2022, Higgins Hall North
August 1-12, 2022, Higgins Hall North
Explore color, texture, and patterns using a variety of surface materials, whether for interior, product, fashion, or accessories design. Color, texture and patterns define surfaces, impact scale, and impart a unique style to design. They add visual interest to clothing, products, and space. Learn to utilize these three vital design elements tastefully in order to articulate your creative vision. The course is focused on helping students develop compelling portfolio pieces that demonstrate mastery of color, texture and patterns. Recommended material cost: $40.


July 18-28, 2022, Online
Explore color, texture, and patterns using a variety of surface materials, whether for interior, product, fashion, or accessories design. Color, texture and patterns define surfaces, impact scale, and impart a unique style to design. They add visual interest to clothing, products, and space. Learn to utilize these three vital design elements tastefully in order to articulate your creative vision. The course is focused on helping students develop compelling portfolio pieces that demonstrate mastery of color, texture and patterns. Recommended material cost: $40.


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This course is designed for those seeking to develop drawing skills and complete drawings toward an interior design portfolio intended to be submitted for admission into the graduate interior design program of choice. Taking this course does not guarantee admission into Pratt Institute's Graduate Interior Design Program. Offered in the Summer only. This course is offered asynchronously, based on two sessions per week for 5 weeks.


July 5, 2022 to August 4, 2022
Explore the art of collection design from a lifestyle design perspective, a time-tested approach used by successful designers of renowned luxury & consumer brands. Starting with a focus on sources of inspiration to create aspiration, imagine a new world and related lifestyle based on a narrative. Realize designs within a branded collection, whether for products or other types of designs, that exemplify your new world.


July 18-28, 2022, Online
September 27, 2022 to December 13, 2022, Online
This noncredit summer course is a preparatory course for students (without previous fine art or design experience) entering into Pratt's Graduate InteriorDesign Foundation's Year in the fall. The class introduces fundamentals of art and design through a series of exercises that develop basic analog and digital skills used in the process of designing and documenting the built environment. The class will address the ability to visualize and communication both 2D and 3D formats, using a variety of media and tools common to the practice. Offered in the summer only. This course is offered asynchronously, based on two sessions per week for 5 weeks.


July 5, 2022 to August 4, 2022